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April 11, 2013
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Letter: Limit rights with common sense

Limit rights by common sense

The First Amendment gives me the right of free speech. That means I can walk into a crowded theater and yell, “Fire!” I can incite people to riot. I can lie about, slander and insult anyone with impunity, right?

The Second Amendment gives me the right to bear arms. So I can sling my AR-15 automatic rifle over my shoulder, strap my automatic pistol to my hip, fill my pockets with high-capacity ammo clips and stroll around in public. Maybe I’d go to the mall, take in a movie or visit a local school. I can buy myself a grenade launcher, a flame-thrower, a mortar and maybe even a tank, right?

I think most thinking people realize there are limits to our “rights.” Your right to swing your fist stops at the point of my nose. The majority of American citizens recognize the need for limits to this “right” to bear arms. More than 90 percent support universal background checks on the purchase of firearms. A clear majority support limits on ammunition magazines and a ban on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15.

Unfortunately, the spineless Republicans we have in Congress will make every effort to block passage of any of these gun control measures. They fear the National Rifle Association lobby and the wrath of the far right lunatic fringe of their party.

It is time they fear the wrath of the majority of the American people. Let them know at the ballot box in November 2014. While you’re at it, vote out Sheriff Hanlin, too.

Ronald Frazier

Roseburg


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